Recall of thousands of outdoor flashlights that may catch fire

Wichita-based outdoor accessories company Coleman is recalling an estimated 8,500 flashlights that may cause burn injuries to intended users as it suddenly catches fire, an April 12 report of cpsc.gov stated.

According to the recall, the lithium-ion batteries of Coleman “CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights” may produce excessive heat and eventually catch fire. Though Coleman has not been notified of any injuries, two complaints involving the recalled flashlights were related to property damage. Consumers are advised to look for the model number printed on the handle of the 6.5 inch flashlight to find out if it is part of the recall. To address the issue, Coleman is instructing consumers to return the recalled products to receive a refund.

The lawyers of the Hankey Law Office in Indiana represent people who have been injured as a result of using defective products. We strongly believe that negligent parties should compensate individuals who have been injured by poorly made products. If you think this as happened to you or to a loved one, call us today at (317) 634-8565 to find out how we may work on your behalf.


Megabus crash on I-65 injures 35 and calls into question the common carrier’s standard of care

Indianapolis, IN October 14, 2014: According to the Greenwood Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Harrell, 48 passengers were on board a double-decker Megabus bound for Chicago when it crashed at 4:30 a.m. on I-65 just south of the Greenwood exit.

Authorities indicate the Megabus driver was swerving to avoid an earlier collision when the accident happened. Sgt. Shawn O’Keefe, with the Indiana State Police, said “the [bus] driver apparently didn’t see it because of the rain or something and swerved to avoid it [going over the median].”

35 patients are being treated at Eskenazi and six people are in stable condition at IU Health Methodist Hospital. The bus was traveling from Atlanta and made stops in Chattanooga and Nashville. It was on its way to Indianapolis and the final destination was Chicago.

“Common carrier” vehicle accidents are becoming more prevalent in recent years. Common carrier refers to a business or entity that is responsible for transporting passengers, goods, and services from one location to another. According to Charles Hankey, injury attorney in Indianapolis, “common carriers owe a heightened duty of care to passengers. This means they must exercise a high level of care and exhibit caution when transporting passengers.”

“Our hearts go out to the injured victims,” said Hankey. “We are reminded of how important it is to adhere to safety standards in order to prevent these kinds of tragedies. We are wishing all involved a safe recovery.”


Dog Bite Lawsuits

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog bite, taking legal action against the owner of the dog in question is often a good way to get the compensation you need to cover any resulting medical bills and other losses. However, there are several things you need to take into consideration in order to determine whether or not you are eligible to file a claim, and if doing so is truly in your best interests. To learn more, click here.


Lead poisoning as a child may still get you monetary compensation

Lead-based paint was used in homes in America up until the late 1970’s when it finally became illegal due to the fact that it can cause lead paint poisoning. However, it is not uncommon for homes built before this law was passed to contain lead-based paint.

When the paint gets old and chips off onto the floor, young children are likely to ingest the flakes and dust. Unfortunately, the paint has a sweet flavor, which makes it more appealing to young children.  This is extremely dangerous for children because a recent Federal government study found that no amount of lead is safe in a child’s body, as even the smallest amount of lead present in a child’s blood can cause significant injury.

If you suffered lead-paint poisoning as a child, you may still be eligible to receive monetary compensation for the harm it caused, even if you are a young adult now. Claims involving injured children can be made until the child is 20 years of age. Here at the Hankey Law Office, our lawyers believe in helping victims of lead paint poisoning in Indiana, so give us a call at (317) 634-8565.


National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on the problem of dog bites

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and as such, many public and private organizations are working on educating the public about the prevalence of dog bites and how to avoid being bitten.

With nearly 1,200 dog bites and attacks reported to animal control agencies in Indianapolis in 2012, Indianapolis’s own Marion County Animal Care and Control Agency, along with the American Veterinary Association and State Farm Insurance, are working on decreasing the number of people bitten by dogs. According to Dawn Contos, spokeswoman for the Marion County Animal Care and Control Agency, the number of pet bites that occur can likely be decreased by owners acting responsibly and people exercising greater caution around dogs. For Indianapolis this is especially important, as it ranks 7th in the nation for the number of insurance claims filed for dog bites, according to State Farm.

Contos also warned that people, especially children who are susceptible to more severe bites as they are closer to a dog’s level, should be careful around all dogs, not just notoriously dangerous breeds.

At the Hankey Law Office, P.C., our legal team can help you if you have been bitten by a dog that was not properly controlled by its owner. Call 317-634-8565 to discuss your situation and potential legal options with us.

 


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